Part of Trinity's Spiritual Formation Program
This year (2018-2019), the theme of the Rector's Class was Wisdom, Peace, and Transformation. It is inspired by Trinity's overall theme for the year, Strengthening Community: Building Up the Body of Christ. Part of building up the Body of Christ is allowing God to transform our hearts, minds, and spirits so that we may be people rooted in wisdom, dedicated to peace, and participants in God's on-going dream of transforming our world in love.
For this past Fall semester, we looked at the thought of Raimon Panikkar. Panikkar was born in 1918 and lived and studied in Spain, Germany, Italy, India, and the United States. He was ordained as a Catholic priest and taught in Europe, Asia, and North America, including Harvard University and the University of California at Sant Barbara. At the time of his death in 2010, he was considered one of the world’s leading proponents of interreligious dialogue. He was as intimately familiar with the Hindu and Buddhist traditions as he was with the Christian tradition.
We also looked at Panikkar’s thought in two areas: wisdom and peace. Our resources will be Pankkar’s books, A Dwelling Place for Wisdom and Cultural Disarmament. Panikkar’s work is very much about reaching across one of the most difficult boundaries there is – the religious boundary. And amid the many crises and perils of the present time, there is an urgent need to cross such boundaries, so that we may make space for wisdom to shine in all its splendor through the many prisms which refract it, and so that we may work for peace and healing in a tumultuous and broken world.
The Spring Semester was focused on Alexander Shia's book, Heart and Mind: The Four-Fold Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation. Bishop Marc says of this book, "In 'Heart and Mind', Dr. Shaia gives us back our central sacred texts -- the four gospels -- not as conflicted and faulty historical records, but as a vibrant, luminous path for transformation. He reveals the 'Four-Gospel Journey' as a living guide (for Christians and seekers alike), re-centering human life on wisdom, compassion and service, rooted in a mystical relationship with Christ.
These classses are part of our Adult Formation Program. Click HERE to learn more.
The 2018-2019 season of the Rector's Class came to an end on May 22. We anticipate that the next season of the class will begin in early October, and details regarding dates and topics will be published on this site in late August.
Current Year Class Recordings (2018-2019)
Please note that due to technical problems, some recordings were lost. If a recording is not shown below for a particular date, it means the recording for that date is not available. We believe that we have resolved this problem as of January 30, and hope that there will be no more lost recordings from that date forward.